Injuries, both intentional and unintentional, are a significant health problem in children and youth. This section describes Peel students’ attitudes and beliefs about injury prevention.
- Sixteen per cent of all Peel students reported they had had one serious injury that required medical attention in the past 12 months, while 12% reported they had had two or more such injuries. Thirty-one per cent reported they had missed at least one full day of school or other activities as a result of such an injury.
- Most serious injuries (35%) occurred at a sports facility or field (other than one located at a school) and the majority (62%) of students reported they had been engaged in sports or physical exercise, including activities at school, when the injury occurred.
- Few students wear helmets or other protective gear while cycling, snowboarding or doing other outdoor activities.
- Only 19% of all students reported they had worn a helmet always or most of the time when they rode a bicycle. Seventeen per cent and 19% reported doing the same when in-line skating and downhill skiing, respectively. This proportion rose to 32% for those students who snowboarded.
- Eighty-seven per cent of young motor vehicle drivers indicated they always fastened their seat belt when they drove and another 8% reported they used their seat belt most of the time. Females (93%) were much more likely than males (82%) to have reported they always fastened their seat belts.
Chapter 8 - Injuries (PDF 101KB, 22 pages)
Table of Contents:
- Table of Contents (PDF 34KB, 4 pages)
- List of Figures and Tables (PDF 52KB, 17 pages)
- Executive Summary (PDF 57KB, 8 pages)
- Introduction (PDF 31KB, 2 pages)
- Student Health 2005 - Introduction
- Chapter 1 - Student Profile
- Chapter 2 - Eating Habits, Physical Activity and Body Weight
- Chapter 3 - Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs
- Chapter 4 - Bullying and Safety
- Chapter 5 - Mental Health and Self Esteem
- Chapter 6 - Sexual Health
- Chapter 7 - Dental Health
- Chapter 8 - Injuries
- Chapter 9 - Sun Safety
- Data Sources, Methods, and Limitations (PDF 45KB, 4 pages)
- References (PDF 49KB, 8 pages)
- News Release